National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims
September 25 is the date of the National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims (NDRMV), designated by the U.S. Congress in 2007, to recognize the impact of homicides on surviving loved ones and communities.
Death leaves a heartache no one can heal. Love leaves a memory no one can steal.—R. Puz
Join us in solidarity with those who have lost loved ones to violence at a special community event, featuring the unveiling of the St. Croix Remembrance Quilt by Aida Almestica – Franco and Family. The Quilt will include the over 400 names of people murdered on or from St. Croix and will be presented to WCSC by Ms. Almestica – Franco.
We thank the USVI Department of Agriculture for partnering with us to sponsor this very special event, which will be held on the Agricultural Fairgrounds – #1 Estate Lower Love, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., on the National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims.
From January to September 6, 2021, there were 33 people murdered in the USVI: 24 on St. Croix, seven on St. Thomas and two on St. John. Every person’s death affects their loved ones and is a valuable loss of life that affects our entire community. How can we stop it? End the violence. Protect our children. Stop the flow of illegal guns into the territory. Learn about and encourage peaceful conflict resolution. Share ways for our children to form healthier relationships. Let’s make a healthy community, that practices nonviolent communication priority. Involve and listen to community members in decision-making related to firearms legislation.
It may not be easy, but together we must create a safer world for us all. Only we can make it happen for ourselves and our children.
If you or someone you know is in need of our free services for victims, survivors, surviving loved ones and families in need, call our main office/crisis center at 340.773.9272.
For 12 years we have commemorated NDRMV here on St. Croix, with events and activities in support of surviving loved ones, including opportunities to express their feelings and bring attention to the violence that plagues our local and global communities. The Wall of Remembrance, a visual presentation of the names of murder victims on St. Croix since 1974, is updated every year and will be featured on our Facebook and YouTube channels.
Visit our NDRMV.VI Facebook page, for more information on Day of Remembrance events on St. Croix, and to post memorials to your loved ones.